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  1. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    16 Feb '11 06:03
    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/15/scientists-telescope-hunt-massive-hidden-object-in-space/?hpt=C2

    http://www.space.com/8028-sun-nemesis-pelted-earth-comets-study-suggests.html

    "A dark object may be lurking near our solar system, occasionally kicking comets in our direction. Nicknamed 'Nemesis' or 'The Death Star,' this undetected object could be a red or brown dwarf star, or an even darker presence several times the mass of Jupiter. Why do scientists think something could be hidden beyond the edge of our solar system? Originally, Nemesis was suggested as a way to explain a cycle of mass extinctions on Earth."

    Pretty interesting stuff. It'll be interesting to see the results of tests supporting or disproving its existence.
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    17 Feb '11 22:29
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/15/scientists-telescope-hunt-massive-hidden-object-in-space/?hpt=C2

    http://www.space.com/8028-sun-nemesis-pelted-earth-comets-study-suggests.html

    [i]"A dark object may be lurking near our solar system, occasionally kicking comets in our direction. Nicknamed 'Nemesis' or 'The Death Star,' this undetected object coul ...[text shortened]... It'll be interesting to see the results of tests supporting or disproving its existence.
    From what I read, it was supposed to be at 15,000 AU, which clocks in at about 1/4 of a light year, not exactly next door....